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    1879 Flowing Hair Stella

    1879 Flowing Hair PR 64 Cameo NGC. The stella, or four-dollar gold piece, was proposed by John Kasson as an international coin whose value would be roughly equivalent to that of an Austrian 8-florin. The coin was designed by Charles Barber in 1879 after a design his father, William, had executed in the previous year. 415 pieces were struck as patterns (Judd-1635) and then widely distributed around Washington to popularize the proposed new denomination, but were soon forgotten when the international gold coin was rejected by Congress.
    This high-grade example exhibits deeply mirrored fields reflected against frosted devices, resulting in a classic cameo appearance. Both sides are a rich, orange-golden color, and exude total originality. The only marks of note are a couple of hairline-thin scratches under Liberty's chin. A remarkable opportunity. (NGC ID# 28AZ, PCGS# 8057)

    Weight: 7.00 grams

    Metal: 86% Gold, 4% Silver, 10% Copper


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    June, 1998
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
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